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LeConte Goes to Seattle For Shaft Work
Taku Schedule Modified to Cover Part of LeConte Route


December 08, 2005

The Alaska Marine Highway System announced today that the M/V LeConte sailed from Ketchikan Wednesday evening en route to Seattle, where work will be done on its propulsion shafts at Todd Shipyard. It will likely be out of service through the end of the month. In its absence, the M/V Taku will adjust its schedule to call on Kake and Hoonah.

"It appears that both shafts will need to be removed, along with the couplings," said Jim Beedle, operations manager for AMHS. "Unfortunately, the Ketchikan shipyard was unable to accommodate this emergency repair, due to previously scheduled work on other vessels in its drydock. This is the first time since 1997 that emergency repairs have been sent south, which underscores the need for the second drydock at Ketchikan."

Beedle estimated the repairs to the LeConte could cost about $250,000.

The Taku schedule added a southbound Kake stop on Wednesday, with stops at both Kake and Hoonah northbound on Friday, December 9. The Taku will again stop southbound at Hoonah late Saturday night, and at Kake early Sunday morning. On its northbound return trip, it will stop at both villages on Tuesday, December 13. A similar pattern will be in effect for the Taku until the LeConte returns to service, which will result in some delays when compared to the Taku's published schedule.

In addition, the Alaska Catamaran M/V St. Aquilina will provide passenger-only service between Juneau, Hoonah, Kake, Petersburg, Angoon, Tenakee, and Sitka while the LeConte is out of service.

Revised Taku schedule through 12-15-2005. For schedule changes beyond Dec. 15, please contact reservations at 800-642-0066.

gif Revised Taku schedule


Source of News & Schedule Update:

Alaska Department of Transportation



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